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  • Maj Gen Alok Deb, SM, VSM (Retired) is Deputy Director General at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). Click here for detailed profile

    Approach to Battle: Training the Indian Army during the Second World War, by Alan Jeffreys

    From entering the portals of a military academy till retirement, an officer remains deeply involved with training. From the initial days as a subaltern to, later on, assuming the responsibilities of a commanding officer who has to ensure that his unit is battle ready, the involvement with training is total. Later, in senior ranks, he is expected to put his experience to work in devising more meaningful and effective ways to train the nation’s military to be ready for the next war.

    October-December 2018

    Military Modernisation And Force Restructuring

    March 30, 2018

    Deputy Director General, IDSA, Maj Gen Alok Deb’s article on the modernisation of India’s military force, titled ‘Military Modernisation and Force Restructuring’ was published in ‘Bharat Shakti’ on March 30, 2018.

    The article offers a strategic review of the major issues that impede the process of India’s force modernization.

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    War from the Ground Up: Twenty-first-century Combat as Politics, by Emile Simpson

    War from the Ground Up is not easy reading. The author’s erudition, bolstered by a wealth of detail and historical context, makes this one of the more serious studies on contemporary military conflict. Emile Simpson has attempted to arrive at an overall understanding of war in its contemporary and traditional forms by drawing on his experience of three tours as an infantry officer with the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan.

    October 2017

    India–Israel Defence Engagement: Land Forces’ Cooperation

    The Israeli military has been tested through the entire range of conflict from the conventional to the asymmetric since its inception in May 1948 to the present day. In the process, it has become one of the most powerful military forces in West Asia, with a reputation to match. Not many are aware that Indian Jews, notably the Bene Israelis, have served with distinction under Indian chieftains as well as the East India Company a few hundred years ago.

    July 2017